Roasted Sweet Potatoes + Black Beans

Roasted sweet potato and black beansThere are a couple things you should know about this dinner idea. First, it’s WAY easy to make. Like, you really don’t even need a recipe (although I’ll still go ahead and tell you how I make my version). And the second thing is that I think this is the perfect dinner for October because… the colors! Black and orange—total Halloween colors.

Roasted sweet potato and black beans If you’re not way into sweet potatoes, you totally should be. They are absolutely full of flavor, and I hear they are pretty good for you too. And my husband can tell you that I will put black beans on just about anything if you let me. I’m a black bean fanatic. 

Easy healthy dinner ideasRoasted Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans, serves two.

2 sweet potatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can (15 oz.) black beans
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
salt + pepper

For garnish I highly recommend shredded cheese, sour cream and green onions.

Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes. Cut in half and then lightly cut the top 1/3 of the each side into cubes. Rub with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 375°F for 45+ minutes. My potatoes were on the smaller side so 45 minutes was enough time to cook them through, but if your potatoes are larger, you may need to increase the baking time. Just check them by trying to cut through a thick part with a fork. If you can’t easily cut through, keep baking.

Easy healthy dinner ideas Towards the last 10-15 minutes of the potatoes’ baking time, get the beans going. Mince the garlic and cook in a small pot over medium heat in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil for a minute or two. Add in the drained beans. Stir in the spices and season with a little salt and pepper. Once those are heated through, you’re ready to go.

Roasted sweet potato and black beans  Serve the beans alongside the sweet potatoes. Top with cheese, sour cream and green onion. Dig in! This is total comfort food—enjoy. And if you’re looking for another recipe with sweet potatoes, give this roasted sweet potato recipe a try! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • This is one of my families FAVORITE meals now!! Its inexpensive and easy!!
    Thank you gals at ABM-You all ROCK!!

  • I just want you to know, I made this for dinner tonight, and it’s stupid how good it is. Thank you! This is my new go to dinner.

  • Yum this looks like such a great easy dinner idea for the midweek rush. Love the colours and the vegetarian friendly bonus!

  • Sweet potatoes and black beans are two of my favourite foods (chocolate is up there too though!) I would have never thought about combining the two but am certainly going to try it now 🙂 thanks!

    Heather x

  • This looks absolutely delicious!!

  • How have I never thought of this combination!? What a great idea for a quick weeknight dinner. Thanks Emma!

  • I love sweet potatoes, but I’ve always baked or fried them. Never thought to roast them. Thanks for sharing this! 😀

  • Oh Yes, this looks like something you just have to make! And very nice for halloween indeed, guess what I will be making. Thanks for the idea!

  • Oh this sounds delicious. Black beans are the best beans, hands down. I will def be having this for dinner this week! Might throw some crispy baon or pancetta on top though..? Is that allowed? 🙂

  • Yum! Sweet potatoes and black beans are my go-to dinner when I am tired or get off work late. I like to add pickled jalapeños on top too. Thanks for sharing Emma!

  • What a lovely recipe. I finally started liking sweet potatoes after years of being scared of them. Also my husband and I recently started practicing “Meatless Mondays” so this is a perfect meal I can prepare. Thanks for sharing.

  • I just made this for my dinner this evening and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe! I’ll definitely be having this again. X


  • You guys are correct-these are yams. They are sweet and not overly starchy. Good comment. 🙂


  • Agree. We often eat black beans in tortillas or over rice, so switching that out for sweet potatoes is a healthy and different side item.


  • Agree-this is one cheap dinner. Especially if you’re like me and usually have all the garnishes (I also have a nacho obsession…)


  • MMMM. I’m a huge fan of a black bean and sweet potato combination. Together they can do anything!!! I have a bunch of sweet potatoes waiting on my counter for a fate like this…

  • I LOVE sweet potatoes, but I’ve never eaten them alongside black beans! Once you add the sour cream, cheese and chives, it sure does look delicious, relatively healthy and filing, too!

  • Looks so yum…i love sweet potatoes,…this looks so easy yet super yum…


  • I was going to say the same thing 🙂 I think “sweet potato” has such a catchier sound to it that it’s becoming the catch-all term, but the bright orange tuber that gets presented as “sweet potato” is almost always actually a yam. See: my roommate over and over buying *actual* sweet potatoes at the store, then coming home and cutting them open only to be disappointed that they are white on the inside and much starchier.

  • I love sweet potato… but I’ve never taste it as a “salt.meal”
    I’ll try it soon


  • Loving these food recipes of yours. Anything to brighten up the usual weekday! Thank you and lots of love from Scandinavia!

  • I love both of these things separately and never thought to combine them! AND this is a perfect weeknight dinner when you come home and want something that’s quick & easy-ish. Can’t wait to put this into rotation!

  • That looks perfect and so healthy. Thanx for this recipe, I am vegetarian so I like inspo like this. xaxa

  • This look so delicious!!!! 🙂
    I love sweet potato <3

  • Hi Emma, your beans and yams look delicious. From the picture you’ve posted the sweet potatoes mentioned look like Beauregard yams. Yams are sweeter and the more orange they are the sweeter they are. There is definitely a difference in taste. Thanks for your hard work to share. Vicki

  • My problem is that I LOVE the idea of this meal, but I think my husband would cry if I told him we were only having black beans and sweet potatoes for dinner.

  • I love sweet potato although I’ve never roasted them before! Looks like a lovely recipe xx

  • The perfect protein & carb combination. It’s nice to use a veggie instead of rice or pasta sometimes. Looks tasty & festive. :] // < ☼ ☯

  • I love anything with black bean and sweet potato, in fact I cook with this combination quite often. I love me some black bean and sweet potato chili! I also once made plant based quesadillas with these two ingredients:
    Thanks for sharing,

  • Tiny confession…I’ve never tried black beans! This looks yummy! Printing out right now!

  • Simple meals are often the best ones. I like how these has a Halloweeny look to it with the orange and black together!

  • Oh, yum. The best thing about this recipe is how incredibly affordable it is! Perfect for the months I spend a bit too much on clothes or electronics, but don’t leave enough for actual necessities, haha. Plus sweet potatoes are SO good for you 🙂


  • This is such a simple, healthy dish, and is pretty to look at. I’m saving this for a future meal. Thank you!


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